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The Political Organization of Maroon Communities in Suriname

Maroons are descendants of Africans forced to labor on plantations who escaped and, by waging guerilla wars in the 17th and 18th centuries, succeeded in forming relatively independent tribes in the interior. After signing treaties with the colonial rulers, the Maroons, also known as Bush Negroes, were able to build societies undisturbed, drawing upon their African heritage.

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